Wednesday, November 29, 2023


My dad the pilot and woman hustler

By Chuck Woodbury
roadside journalIt’s October 13, time to head to Arizona from where I am now near Roanoke, Virginia. It’s about 2,000 miles. I want to be out of here when the weather turns nasty.

Hubert “Sully” Sullins

I’m not ready to leave. There’s too much to see and do. I haven’t visited the South by RV for more than 20 years. Now, when I look at the map, I see a hundred places, no make that a thousand places, I want to explore. Alas, so little time. . .

THE LAST TIME I WAS HERE was for only a few days, six years ago, when I flew to Atlanta to visit my father’s navigator from World War II. My father piloted a B-24 Liberator on 35 missions over Germany. I learned from “Sully” how my father came close to dooming one flight by goofing off on a mission delivering gasoline to General Patton. I videotaped his story, which you can watch here. Sully died a few years ago, the last of the crew to go. He, my father and all their generation who served the country then were heroes of the first degree.

My father liked to tell a story about when he and Sully stumbled upon my mother and her girlfriend on the way to a USO dance in Redlands, California. They were walking on a sidewalk, when they spotted two young women approaching from ahead. “Sully said I’ll take the tall one and you take the short one,” my father told me many times through the years. The short one, of course, would become my mother.

“Oh, no, that’s not the way it happened,” Sully told me, laughing. “I was too shy to ever suggest anything like that. It was your father who chose your mother, the short one.”

My dad the hustler! I never would have guessed. It’s always good to get a second opinion about your parents’ stories.


Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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Chuck Dunn (@guest_14563)
6 years ago

Hi Chuck, If you are heading for Az make sure you get reservations unless you are going to boondock in the desert. It is true that folks who normally spend the winter in Florida and Texas are finding a different place to stay. You can guess why. If you will be close I would like to say hello.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_14484)
6 years ago

My father-in-law was a WWII navy guy, and spent much of his time on the USS Salt Lake City. Once, while looking through some of his keepsakes, we found a yearbook-like item with pictures of the men on the Salt Lake City and more pictures of the ship itself. Pretty cool stuff. But, the REAL find was reading the ‘autographs’ of his buddies. Turns out, my father-in-law was known as “Lady Killer White” to most of his shipmates. I laughed out loud and read some of the entries to ‘dad’ and he got this big smile on his face, and the gleam in his eye we all knew for when he got something over on my mother-in-law. I loved ole “Lady Killer White” . . .

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